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May 2011

Jamaicans Staying Safe Before, During and After a Hurricane

People should remember many injuries can occur while preparing for a hurricane, or cleaning up the aftermath of a if. Use various tools, generators and other devices with caution. Always use gloves to put up hurricane shutters and take them down after.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
Before the hurricane:
·         If you have to leave your home, pack an emergency supply kit with food, bottled water, prescription medicines, and important documents.
·         If you have to drive, fill your gas tank as soon as possible.
·         Turn off gas, electricity, and water, and disconnect appliances before leaving.
·         Take steps to ensure your pets’ safety during the storm.
·         Follow designated evacuation routes for your area, and expect heavy traffic.
If you are at home during the Hurricane:
·         Pack an emergency supply kit with necessities such as food, bottled water, and prescription medicines to last from three to five days.
·         Determine the best escape routes from your home, and make sure that everyone in your house is able to follow the escape plan.
·         Look for escape routes from upper levels of the house, in case of flooding.
·         Do not go outside, even if the weather seems calm. Wait for local authorities to tell you it is safe to go outside.
·         If your home is flooded or damaged, move to a neighbor’s or a local shelter.
After the hurricane:
·         Do not drive through flooded roads, as cars can be swept away or lose power.
·         Never touch a downed power line or anything in contact with one.
·         Turn off electrical power when there are hazards around your home such as standing water, fallen power lines, or gas leaks.
·         Listen to announcements in local media (radio, television or newspaper) to find out if it’s safe to use tap water, and follow instructions regarding water.
·         If you are not sure if water is safe to use, boil water before you use it for anything, including brushing teeth, cooking, drinking, or bathing.
·         Throw away any food that may have been touched by floodwater.
·         Use battery-powered lanterns and flashlights, instead of candles, to prevent fires.
·         Stoves, generators, lanterns, and gas ranges release dangerous carbon monoxide gas and should always be used outdoors, far away from windows, doors and vents.
Some information sourced from http://miami.cbslocal.com
Have you started to prepare for the 2011 Hurricane season?